Below are the 2018 Offshore Symposium Distinguished Speakers.


Keynote Speaker

“Gulf Of Mexico’s Changing Energy Landscape”

Starlee Sykes

Starlee Sykes

Regional President, Gulf of Mexico and Canada, BP

Starlee is currently BP’s Regional President for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada.  After receiving her Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1998, she began her career as a subsea operations engineer and has worked on most of BP’s recent Gulf of Mexico projects. Sykes has 21 years of experience within the oil and gas industry, holding a variety of positions within project management, operations, and finance within the UK and US. Recent leadership roles have included, Vice President Projects Performance, Vice President Developments for the Gulf of Mexico and Director of BP’s Global Subsea Hardware organization, which she founded to deliver standardized subsea hardware for BP’s projects worldwide.

Most recently, Starlee was BP’s Vice President for offshore global projects during which time she was responsible for a portfolio of 30 projects with teams based across the world. Prior to that, she was the Vice President for global deep-water projects.

Starlee serves as Chairman of the BP Exploration & Production Inc. board of directors and is a member of the BP America Inc. Board of Directors. She is also a member of the BP America Diversity and Inclusion Council and BP US Benefits Committee. She also currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Texas A&M’s Petroleum Engineering Department, the Center for Offshore Safety Board and API’s Upstream Committee. Additionally, she is active in supporting development of women and girls in STEM careers.

Starlee and her husband Al live in Houston, Texas and have 3 sons. She is an active supporter of her son’s schools and her surrounding community. Starlee is also the executive sponsor for BP’s annual Houston United Way campaign.


Panel Discussion Members

“Adapting to the Unpredictable Energy Landscape”

Ray Fales

Ray Fales

Chief Consultant Floating Systems, Granherne-KBR

Ray has a BSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from University of Houston. He started his career in the offshore industry at Todd Shipyards building tank barges, crane barges and offshore modules in 1975. He moved to Pace Marine Engineering in 1978, marine consulting firm where he was involved in the design of jack-up, semisubmersible and submersible drilling units. In 1985 he joined DNV where he was involved in the classification, verification and survey of offshore drilling units, risk management and inspection of equipment. Later he was manager of offshore operations in Houston and then Regional Manager for South America in the late 1990’s. In 2000 he took the opportunity to join ABS Consulting responsible for Europe and Asia where grew operations in China and managed the merger of ABS and EQE in Europe and Asia. He joined ABB Lummus Global in 2002 in the Deepwater group as Manager Technology Development that focused on new and improved offshore platforms (semisubmersibles and TLPs) and niche FLNG based upon ABB’s turbo-expander technology. Upon ABB closing down the Deepwater group at the end of 2004, he joined Bureau Veritas as Director Power, Utilities, Oil & Gas which performed owner’s engineer services, verification and inspection of equipment and plants in the LNG, pipeline and offshore industry. Significant projects included certification of onshore pipelines in Israel, vendor inspection of Petrobrás’ Cascade-Chinook’s subsea equipment and owners engineer for Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, Gulf LNG in Pascagoula and Energia’s Costa Azul Terminal in Baja California. He was called back to DNV in 2010 as Director Market and Business Development for the Americas. He took the opportunity to join Granherne in 2011 as Chief Consultant Floating Systems. Granherne is the global consulting arm of KBR and the premier provider of field development planning, process, safety, marine, subsea flow assurance and integrity management services, with 250 technical professionals in Houston, London and Perth. He has been the project manager for numerous FPSO and field development studies projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West Africa.

Alberto Morandi

Alberto Morandi

General Manager, GustoMSC

Alberto is a Naval Architect with 32 years of experience and over 50 international publications. His work has been mostly dedicated to the development of reliability-based design and assessment criteria and on the safe transportation and installation of marine structures such as jack-ups and floating production systems. Graduate from the University of São Paulo, he holds a PhD in Reliability of Marine Structures from the University of Glasgow. Alberto is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, Chartered Engineer in the UK, Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He presently is General Manager of GustoMSC US Inc., providing support to clients in the Americas.

Denby Morrison

Denby Morrison

Delivery Manager, Civil/Marine, Shell

Denby Morrison holds an MS and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Civil Engineering.

He has  35 years experience in “Deepwater” Offshore Systems technology, design, construction and project management. This included major projects with McDermott International  (8 yrs) and  Shell  (26 yrs). He has been instrumental in developing  strategies around major offshore projects and standardization (e.g. gFPSO) leading to solutions that delivered top quartile cost & schedule.

He is currently the Offshore Structures TA-1 for the Americas & was a prior Global Discipline Head for Shell. He has been a Delivery Manager in Floating Systems for 10 years. He has led numerous multi-disciplinary groups as PM in major deepwater projects. incl. Holstein Xcat Spar (forerunner for Holstein), Hot & Sour Shell developments, Gulf Landing LNG, DeepStar Deepwater Technology, gFPSO.

He holds patents in compliant tower designs, subsea heave-compensated deployment systems, SCR service monitoring, & LNG technology that attest to hands-on,  design, fab & installation experience in major projects.

Peter Noble

Peter Noble

President & Senior Advisor, Noble Associates Inc.

Peter Noble is naval architect and ocean engineer with a wide range of expertise and experience in the marine and offshore industries.  His career has included positions with shipyards; with ship and offshore design consultants; with offshore and marine research and development companies; with major classification societies and most recently as chief naval architect and chief Arctic technologist with the international oil company prior to his retirement from full-time employment in 2013.

Peter remains professionally active and currently undertakes consulting and advisory assignments internationally in the fields of offshore, marine and Arctic technology and engages in lecturing and supporting student and young professional activities on a global basis. He is past president of SNAME and is an active member of a number of advisory boards at a several of universities and research institutions globally.

His work has been recognized through a number of honors and awards including the SNAME Admiral Jerry Land Medal, the OTC Distinguished Achievements Award for Individuals, the Krylov Sesquicentennial medal from the Russian Society of Shipbuilding Engineering and election as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Joe Rosseau

Joe Rosseau

Director, Global Offshore, American Bureau of Shipping

Joseph (Joe) Rousseau is Director – Global Offshore for ABS. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating worldwide business development activities for mobile offshore units

Prior to his current role, Joe was Regional Vice President for Canada in the ABS Americas Division. Previous assignments in London and Singapore include Vice President of Offshore for ABS Europe Division, Corporate Chief Engineer for Offshore, and Director of Offshore Technology and Business Development for the ABS Pacific Division. Joe started his ABS career in the Houston office, working in the Offshore Engineering department after joining the organization in 1998. Prior to joining ABS, he was a Naval Architect at several ship design companies in Canada.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).


Ethics Course Speaker

Daniel O. Wong, Ph.D, P.E

Daniel O. Wong, Ph.D, P.E

Board Chair, Texas Board of Professional Engineers

After arriving from Macau, a former Portuguese Colony in China, in 1980, Daniel Wong graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S.C.E. in 1983, M.S.C.E. in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1988. He currently serves as President and CEO of Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Dr. Wong is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

Dr. Wong was elected and served as an At-Large City Councilman in the City of Sugar Land from 2002-2008. He was the President of the Region 14 of the Texas Municipal League in 2007-2008. He also served as a Board member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council.
He is a trustee of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council and a member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. He had served on the Boards of the Fort Bend YMCA, the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend American Heart Association.

Dr. Wong serves as a Board member of the University of Houston Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board and is a member of its Academy. He also served on the Board of Houston Council of Engineering Companies (formerly ACME) and as President of Asian American Engineers/Architects.

Dr. Wong was recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year by the Sam Houston Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers in 1993. He was named as the Distinguished Young Engineering Alumnus in 1998 and the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2009 by the UH Engineering Alumni Association.
Dr. Wong resides in Missouri City, Texas with his wife Mei, and two sons Matthew and Nathan.